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Accountants And Consultants

Volume 31: debated on Friday 12 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the occasions on which his Department has used from outside the Civil Service (a) accountants, (b) management consultants and (c) other consultants since June 1979, giving in each case the dates and nature of the assignment, together with the names of the individuals, partnerships or institutions involved.

I regret that comprehensive information on the lines requested by my hon. Friend could not be produced without disproportionate effort. However the following list, produced from centrally held records, includes the more significant instances since June 1979 when the Department has used accountants and consultants from outside the Civil Service.

(a) Accountants
Date commissioned and assignmentContractor
1981—Design of a budgetary control system for DHSSPrice Waterhouse Associates
1982—Implementation of the budgetary control systemPrice Waterhouse Associates
1982—Control of expenditure in the family practitioner serviceBinder Hamlyn
With effect from 1 April 1982 Statutory Auditors from the private sector have been appointed by my right hon. Friend for an experimental period of some 3–5 years as follows:

Date Commissioned and AssignmentContractor
East Cumbria DHARobson Rhodes Chartered Accountants
South Cumbria DHARobson Rhodes Chartered Accountants
West Cumbria DHANeville Russell Chartered Accountants
Hammersmith and Fulham DHAArmitage and Norton Chartered Accountants
Hounslow and Spelthorne DHAArmitage and Norton Chartered Accountants
Ealing DHACoopers and Lybrand Chartered Accountants
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly DHAErnst and Whinney Chartered Accountants
Isle of Wight DHADeloitte Haskins and Sells Chartered Accountants
Date commissioned and assignmentContractor
(b) Management Consultants
1979—Taxation of Unemployment BenefitArthur Young Management Services
1979—Market research into methods of payment of benefitResearch Survey of Great Britain Ltd.
1979—Review of the usuage of periodicals and branch librariesCapital Planning Information
Date Commissioned and AssignmentContractor
1980—To devise a methodology to identify areas of work amenable to computer assistancePactel
1980—A study to consider the effectiveness of DHSS forms, and to suggest improvementsSocial and Community Planning Reserach
1980—A study of the arrangements for determining staffing levels in certain areas of DHSS Newcastle Central OfficeThe Anne Shaw Organisation
1980—Assistance with a questionnaire sent to local office managersBuller Cox and Partners
1982—Development and testing of a new formOpen University
1982—Staffing and equipment requirements for a forms unitE. Hoch
(c) Other consultants
1979—Amendment of Resource Allocation Working PartyTrace (Manpower) Ltd.
1979—Second phase of a study to assist the Review of Policy for the mentally handicappedA. Anderson and Co.
1979—Study of the wider use of the balance of care approachA. Anderson and Co.
1979—Manpower implications of the run down of a large psychiatric hospitalInstitute of Manpower Studies
1979—Comparative study of ORS planning methodologiesLogica
1979—Guidance on "Uses of Manpower Information for Operational Planning" for NHS use.IMS in conjunction with an NHS officer
1980—A labour market study in the Tyneside conurbationIMS
1980—A study of Nurse Manpower Systems in South West Thames RHAIMS
1980—Extensions to "Portable balance of care" studyA. Anderson
1980—Hospitalisation rates and patient flowsArthur Young Management Services
1980—Location of social security workLogica
1980—Study of the capacity of schools of nursing—plus extensionCoopers Lybrand Ass.
1980—Local health care planning studies—balance of careIBCM Exeter University
1980—Studies in connection with cancerResearch Centre for the mathematical Modelling of Clerical Trials University of Warwick
1980—Second phase of a project to design and program a medical manpower planning modelScientific and Business Systems
1980—OR studies of hospital stores, manpower planning, and social security benefitsNational Coal Board Operational Research Executive
1981—Number and location of Social Security Training CoursesLogica Ltd.
1981—Nursing manpower planning: linking supply and demand modellingInstitute of manpower studies
NHS directly employed staff (UK)—Thousandsnot available5657411,2281,264

Note: These figures are from Department of Employment returns. This is the only source to yield overall totals of directly employed NHS staff for the years in question. A strict comparison of the 1980 and 1981 figures with those of earlier years is not possible because of the effects of the 1974 reorganisation of the NHS, when a considerable number of local authority employees in the community services were transferred to the NHS.